Shared duty in global cooperation to battle drug trafficking (2)

15:42, July 05, 2010      

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In Asia, the Golden Triangle Area, where the borders of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand convene, has become an important area of joint efforts by the Association of Southeast Asia Nations, (or ASEAN), and the Chinese government to fight illicit drug problems.

The "Golden Crescent" region of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in central Asia has also become a major drug trafficking route. Against this backdrop, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) plans to set up an anti-narcotic drug cooperative mechanism and has decides to establish an "anti-narcotics belt" around Afghanistan.

However, there are still great, immense challenges in the anti-narcotic international cooperation in this regard with relatively big disparities between the global anti-narcotics demands and substantial moves taken put into practice. The updating of some related laws and regulations is not timely with regard to the international cooperation, and some of them do not fit well with domestic codes.

China began to cooperate with the United States in drug control in 1985 and, two years later, in 1987, the governments of the two nations signed the Sino-U.S. Memorandum of cooperation in Narcotic Drugs Control. Since then, China has reduced the cross-border trafficking of drugs to a significant proportion and practically contributed in containing drugs in the Golden Triangle area from flowing into the United States drug market.

Furthermore, China and the European Union (EU) on January 30, 2009 signed agreements to strengthen customs cooperation in monitoring trade and preventing trafficking and the diversions of the substances from illicit trade into illicit traffic. China has thus beefed up its cooperation with global community in anti-narcotics cooperation.

Consequently, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) spoke highly of the arduous, strenuous efforts the Chinese government had so far taken in preventing and battling against trafficking in synthetics, including ecstasy, and in attending to or treating drug users, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime also appreciated China's role of vital importance in its global drug control endeavor.

By People's Daily Online and contributed by PD reporters Jiao Xiang and Niu Ruifei

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